WHAT I’M HOPING 2019 WILL HOLD

I am so stoked for 2019. I try to stay pretty optimistic from day-to-day, but I am immensely optimistic about everything that 2019 is about to hold. So many exciting things are about to happen! In two weeks from today, I will be checking in to my apartment in Orlando and starting what I’m sure will be the biggest adventure of my life thus far.

As I’m doing a lot of preparing for my big move, I also am thinking through everything I want to accomplish this year. There’s a lot to look forward to and a lot of things to strive towards completing! I have a separate bucket list for my Disney College Program (blog post about that to come soon), but of course, there will be some overlap with my overarching goals for the new year. So, here are my goals for 2019:

Spend more time reading the Bible. | It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of reading. I have a very small attention span and am an audible learner, so reading has never really been my thing. Despite that, I know I need to be spending more time investing in the word of God in order to grow spiritually. I’ve remained pretty consistent the last month with following the reading plan for certain chapters that is in my Bible, and want that to carry on throughout 2019. My home church is doing a “New Testament in a Year” challenge and I hope to maintain the reading schedule even while I’m away in Orlando.

Make the most out of every experience. | I can often fall to fear when it comes to stepping outside my comfort zone. FOMO is something I deal with a lot and I want to rid myself of it. I’m going to have to overcome a lot of fears as I make the move to Orlando, and I want to make sure I don’t let anything stop me from making the most of my College Program. Aside from the DCP, I just want to make sure I fully soak in everything 2019 has to offer.

Continue making the Dean’s List & getting involved on campus. | I’ll still be enrolled full-time for the Spring semester through online classes at ETSU. I hope to maintain the grades I’ve been accomplishing the last two semesters even in the midst of working at Disney World and being in Orlando. In the Fall, I will start my SENIOR YEAR of college. That is so crazy!! I cannot wait to see what all my last year of college has in store. I’m excited to get involved with more clubs and soak in everything I’ll learn from my AH-MAZING professors in my department.

Work on intentionally maintaining friendships. | With cell phones and social media, it would seem like it’s super easy to maintain friendships at a distance. But, with the busy-ness of life, it can be really hard to truly stay connected in one another’s lives. I want to spend more time with people this year intentionally building relationships and supporting my friends all the time. I’m excited about the friendships I’ll gain in Florida and hope to stay in touch, to the best of my ability, with my friends back in Tennessee while I’m gone.

Learn to be confident when I’m by myself. | One of the reasons I’m doing the DCP is in order to gain a sense of independence. I want to gain confidence in knowing that I can be striving and happy by myself. It’s easy for me to attach who I am to other people and feel really uncomfortable doing things on my own. I want to feel confident going to the parks by myself on some off days, eating by myself, and making new friends in places where I find myself not knowing anyone.

What are some of your goals and/or things you’re looking forward to in 2019?

❤ / Bail

 

NEW SCHOOL YEAR, NEW GOALS

As the first week of my third year of undergrad has come to a close, I’m beginning to realize that this year feels a lot different than my previous two of college. First of all, how am I already a junior? It hit me that I’m halfway through and so much closer to my degree! That’s crazy to me. It seems like just yesterday I was starting college as a baby freshman who kind of knew what she wanted to be and where she wanted to go, and now I’m starting to get questions like “Where are you going to go after college, are you staying in Johnson City?” and “What exactly is it that you want to do in your field of study?” LET’S SLOW DOWN THERE. While I have some idea of where I want to go and who I want to be, I keep having to remind myself that a lot can change in my remaining two years. No isn’t necessarily the time to be making those decisions.

Despite the thought of graduation looming closer over my head, this year just feels different as a whole. I’m not sure if I’m just carrying more confidence being an upperclassman, but the start of the school year didn’t scare me (I’m talking first-day anxiety jitters) as much as usual.  I didn’t feel the need to obsessively look at the class lists online ahead of time to find a familiar name or worry about my professors being sticklers. I went in knowing whatever was thrown my way I could handle, and I had a really good first day! At least, much better than a lot of other people at my university. I only have classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays (but that does mean an 8 am and staying way later than I’d appreciate) and on the Monday that the university actually opened, there was a lockdown due to a weapon on campus. I wasn’t there, but I was getting all of the alert texts and started texting all of my friends who were on campus to see if they were okay. It was definitely an interesting first day of the fall semester, but luckily no shots were fired and everything turned out okay. Aside from that craziness, the first week back went really well. All of my professors seem really nice & I’ve made friends in all of my classes where I didn’t know anyone & reconnected with some of my friends who are in the same program & class as me.

That being said, let’s set some goals for this year. Since this is my third year of college, I’m going to set three main goals.

1. Make the Dean’s List…again! YAY! One of my goals for the previous school year was to make the Dean’s List & I did. Now, I want to do it again. Especially since I now know that I can.

2. Join as many clubs & extracurriculars as possible. I’m really determined to get more involved on campus this year, and one way I see that happening is through clubs! I didn’t get to join very many clubs for the last two years because working retail meant most of my nights were booked. Now that I have a job with consistent hours where I get off work at 5 pm every day, I can actually do things in the evenings. Specifically, I want to get involved with a campus ministry and the club for my major. I haven’t decided which campus ministry yet, but I’ve got plenty of great options to try out!

3. Bring as much joy & positivity to my fellow students as possible. College is a tough time. It’s hard enough trying to stay on top of all of your assignments and studying, throw in working, trying to figure out who you are as an adult, and all the utterly crappy stuff that gets thrown at people and that pretty much describes college. We’re all just a bunch of kids figuring out how to become adults. We need constant encouragement & support to make it out somewhat sane! So, I want to be really intentional about lifting up those around me at school. It can be really easy to focus on my own assignments & issues, but it’s important to remember the impact you can make by taking a minute away from yourself to help a friend with an assignment or simply look up from your phone while walking from class to class and smile at someone. Nobody truly knows what other people are going through, especially in college, so being a light in the darkness is a powerful thing.

To all of those people reading this who are also returning to school, I wish you the best of luck. Remember to drink lots of water, make as many friends as possible, and study as hard as you can. Just do your best and have a good time! College is a time to make memories while figuring out who we are meant to be.

xx,

Bailey

PS – Go Bucs!

 

GETTING IN THE GROOVE

How is it already February? I’m pretty sure I blinked once and January disappeared without a trace. It was a month full of craziness though and, to be honest, I’m glad it’s gone. So, what happened in January? Let’s start with a little look back at the month.

I started my fourth semester of college (my half-way point) and let’s just say it wasn’t the easiest of transitions. I recently decided on a new minor in business management, although I’m not betting a whole lot of money that this one will stick quite yet, and that means I’m delving into a world of completely uncharted territory for me: THE BUSINESS WORLD. My major in Advertising & Public Relations happens to be in the College of Arts & Sciences, so now I’m branching out a little bit for my minor into a whole new college. I was a little anxious about it! I mean, it’s business doesn’t everyone act super professional and wear suits to class every day? At least that’s what I thought. The Media & Communications program is where my heart is & it was scary to dive away from it even if it is just for my minor.

Classes have been going well, though! After not having a math class in over a year, I was a bit worried about taking accounting (it’s known to be a toughy) but I seem to have gotten my math groove back and am doing really well. My Writing for Public Relations and Science & the Modern World classes are online but I am actually learning a lot from them. My Writing for PR professor is the best and is constantly reassuring my writing. Writing is one of my passions but something I am always self-conscious of so it’s nice to have a professor boost you up. Public Relations Publications is definitely helping fuel my creative energy. Organizational Behavior & Management is a nice refresher of things that generally come as common sense. I’m feeling optimistic about this semester and it is definitely keeping me on my toes.

The start of the year also meant the start of a new job…well more like a new job title. Charming Charlie of Johnson City was closed a week before Christmas with no looking back. Luckily for me, First Christian Church – Johnson City offered me a permanent position transitioning from Communications Intern to Communications Assistant. With this new role came more hours, more responsibilities, and more growth. I get to put into action the things that I am learning in the classroom which means I’m getting real-life experience, and not to mention a great portfolio boost.

My main focus for January was finding a good balance. I had to learn how to balance all of the new classes I’m taking this semester, then combine that with my work schedule, and it took a couple of weeks. I struggle with anxiety and worry a lot this month, and there’s been a lot going on that has just kept my mind racing. There’s a lot going on, already, in February. Here is a list of some things I’m really excited about & some I’m quite nervous about:

  • My first accounting test is on 2/12
  • I’m having an ultrasound on 2/13  to check my Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (Happy early Valentine’s Day to me)
  • As cheesy as it is I have a cute, pink outfit planned for Valentine’s Day
  • I’ve got an appointment made with my advisor to make a GRADUATION PLAN
  • I’m going to Orlando, FL at the end of the month to a conference called Exponential & I could not be more excited

Now that we are in the second month of 2018 and I’ve gotten into a groove, I have chosen a word to represent my goal for this year to be CREATE. I often suppress my creative side out of fear of not being good enough, but I have come to realize that I cannot let that stop me. Creativity has so much potential and power for good. I also want to help create joy, happiness, and good vibes in the lives of others. Something I never want anyone to forget is that we were created to do great things and therefore are always working towards creating great things.

I hope you all are off to a good start to 2018! If you had to pick one word to represent your goal/mission for 2018 what would it be? Let me know in the comments, let’s have a chat!

xx,

Bailey

NEW YEAR, NEW DREAMS

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I may be a few days late to the party, but Happy New Year! I managed to stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve and in a somewhat delirious state cheered and drank sparkling cider before drifting to sleep with hopes of a great 2018. Now, I’m not usually one who makes new year’s resolutions as it seems like they have become just a trend that everyone jokes about never completing. This year though, I am determined to make it a great year and believe that having specific goals in mind will help me do that. Here they are, my 2018 resolutions.

1. Read More. I can probably count how many books I’ve read (that weren’t school assignments) over the last 5 years and wouldn’t run out of fingers on my hands. My typical reading time only stems from when I travel and I will devour an entire book in one car journey. I want to devote more time this year to sit down in a cozy spot with a good book!

2. Say goodbye to 25 more pounds. Over the course of 2017, I was able to lose 20 pounds by being more conscious of what I eat and making it a goal to hit 10,000 steps every day. I am pretty proud of myself, but in no way am I done. If I was able to drop 20 with steps and not eating fried food, then imagine what could happen if I implemented a serious workout routine. After being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome this year I knew it would be harder to lose the weight in my stomach, but I am up for the challenge and now need to be even more watchful over my health.

3. Blog as much as possible. My goal for this year when it comes to blogging is to write at least one post a week. I need to stop overthinking every post I write and gain more confidence in my ability to come up with content.

4. Dream bigger. Something I really want to work on this year is building up my confidence. I have dealt with quite a few setbacks and challenges in 2016, but I don’t want to let those moments define me. I have big plans for the future and often have some really cool ideas but let my worries get in the way of them. This year I am not going to let my fear control my dreams.

5. Make Dean’s List. This one may be more for my mom than me, but I want to focus harder on my studies this year than I ever have before. I am super excited to start delving into higher level major classes and figure out what it truly is that I want to minor in. Goodbye general education classes and hello information that will actually be useful for my future career.

I am really optimistic for 2018. This feeling of calm has fallen over me every time I begin to think about everything this year has in store, and it doesn’t just apply to me. I’m confident that this is going to be a great year for many people. So here’s to 2018 and everything to come!

x,

Bailey